First locally manufactured low emission diesel bus

The bus build has created jobs for 29 workers in various engineering and operational roles.

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Mobilising SA’s police force

Undertaking 95% of their role in the field saves 165 hours a day, the equivalent of having an extra 29 officers on the beat.

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Register for the Telecross REDi service

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New Morialta playground

$900,000 will be spent upgrading visitor facilities at Morialta, including an exciting playground.

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Adelaide No. 1 Destination

Adelaide has been named no.1 on Trip.com’s list of 2017 rising star destinations.

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New direct flights – Adelaide to China

The service is expected to inject an annual $23.4 million into SA’s record visitor economy.

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$948 MILLION

has been allocated in the 2016-17 State Budget for promoting jobs, investment and stimulating growth.

$527 MILLION

has been allocated in the 2016-17 State Budget to support our health system.

$500 MILLION

has been allocated in the 2016-17 State Budget to upgrade school facilities and prepare our children for the jobs of the future.

$384 MILLION

has been allocated in the 2016-17 State Budget for new initiatives in regional areas.

Autumn prescribed burning season a success

Good weather during the 2016 autumn prescribed burning season have allowed fire management crews to complete 83 per cent of proposed burns in the Mount Lofty Ranges.

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, CFS, SA Water and ForestrySA crews completed 15 of 18 burns in the high-risk region, burning 520 hectares of public lands.

Statewide, a total of 4000 hectares of public land was treated in 33 separate operations.

The onset of widespread rains last week means further burning is unlikely until spring, as fuels are now too wet to burn successfully.

Background

The State Government carries out a programme of prescribed burning each autumn and spring, which is part of a broader five-year rolling programme.

Prescribed burning has long been recognised as the most effective and economic way of reducing bushfire fuels on a large scale. This reduces the spread and impact of bushfires on communities and the environment, and provides earlier containment options for firefighters.

The weather plays a significant role in whether prescribed burns can go ahead – excessive rainfall and very hot, dry and windy conditions reduce the number of burns that can be done.

The rolling programme means non-completed burns can be carried over to the next year.

For more information visit www.environment.sa.gov.au/firemanagement/Burns_and_bushfires

Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter

This Government recognises the important role prescribed burning plays in our preparation for bushfires – not only did we create the programme, we have increased it each year.

Last spring was challenging for crews due to high rainfall in September and the onset of extremely hot weather from early October; then the hottest October on record meant fuels dried out rapidly, resulting in some proposed burns having to be postponed.

This April’s cool, dry weather meant our fire management crews had particularly good conditions to work with, especially in the high-risk Mount Lofty Ranges.

It is important that prescribed burns only take place when weather conditions mean they can be conducted safely and effectively.

I applaud our fire management experts and highly-trained professionals for their careful and meticulous planning and execution.